Big Sam set for England job
Sam Allardyce is now the clear odds-on favourite to be the next England manager after Sunderland granted him permission to speak with the FA. After Roy Hodgson decided to step down following England's dismal showing at Euro 2016, the FA appeared to have moved swiftly to initiate talks with the 61-year-old.
Steve Bruce and Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked with the role but appears as though the three man selection panel have decided to make Allardyce as their priority and the bookies certainly see him as the most likely successor to Hodgson. It is rumoured that Allardyce has been interviewed at the home of the FA's vice-chairman David Gill, who along with FA technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn will make the appointment.
Allardyce was previously linked with the job in 2006 after the departure of Sven-Goran Eriksson before ultimately being overlooked in favour of Steve McClaren. However 'Big Sam' worked wonders last season to keep Sunderland in the Premier League and he fits the FA's remit of a 'strong-minded, tactically savvy manager with a clear identity'. The odds certainly are firmly in Allardyce's favour this time around however and he can be found odds on with virtually all of the bookies. Winner are currently offering the best value on the appointment though at odds of just 21/50, it demonstrates just how much the bookies are expecting this to happen.
The early favourite for the job had been Under 21's manager Gareth Southgate but after he ruled himself out of the running, the likes of Kilnsmann, Arsene Wenger and Bournemouth's Eddie Howe all came in to contention. However Allardyce has now emerged as the clear frontrunner.